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Highlights: Spoonful, Philadelphia Jam
Subject: What A Long Strange Trip!!!
Attended all 3 night but this was by far the best (maybe the 6 HITS helped my perception a tad). Actually the best Dead show I ever saw.
Subject: Jed in Phila.
This was a great show. I specifically remember I was bopping around section z in the good 'ole Spectrum when Tennessee Jed started. Good times!
Subject: Hidden Message
Looks Like > He's Gone > Spoonful
ya think they were trying to say something?
Subject: New Speedway tease?
In the jam out of "He's Gone" sounds like they were close to busting out "New Speedway Boogie." Would have been apt pairing with "He's Gone" . . . with the feeling of Brent's passing in the air.
One way or the other . . .
Subject: First show
Good quality recording given the Spectrum (shame it's gone!) acoustics. China into Rider is when I think the whole experience of the show sunk in for me. If I knew then what I know now I would have snuck out for the entire run at the Spectrum.
first of all, this show is not crap, and I say that not because I saw the 2nd set from the 7th row. Sure, it is not 10/16/89 but the He's Gone > Spoonful > Jam segment is powerful indeed. Oh yeah, and it's Mickey's birthday. I saw the first five shows of the Vince era and the 2nd night of Richfield and the last night of the Spectrum run were the best shows. check out the audience recording of this show, not this board.
Subject: view over the ages
I have followed the Greatful Dead from 1968 thru today Oct 2005. First saw the Dead in 1968, and thru all the various incarnations, Further Festivl, The Other Ones, and The Dead.
Thru many changes, the lose of Pigpen, the addition and loss of the Donna and Keith, the addition and loss of Brent, and the loss of Jerry. Through out the years the band played on, maybe not with the intensity as before. But the came back to surpass what was. The lost of Jerry was thought to be the death kneel for the group. But they came back as the "Dead". I can not speak for others, but, as for myself I was very sorry to see not touring dates for 2005. I hope this will be corrected in 2006, and a tour with the "Dead" will be on tour aqain. After all, throughtout their history they group was a group, and not about one person. The music was, and is enjoyed by countless people. And I hope to continue this tradition with my first grandchild. Both of my children are Greatful Dead fans, and over the years we have been to concerts as a family. Hoping to continue this with my granddaughter
Subject: guess everyone cant see EYE to EYE
some of you need to get the wax out of your ears. jerry and the boys were playin their hearts off these shows/fall tour . you obviously dont listen to the music anymore . you only want to bash vince . jerry's on fire this show and the other shows too.. the 1st set is very tight and the boys sound real loose...2nd set looks like rain is real sweet and then one of theeee perfect he's gone into spoonful into a killer jam.awesome jam along with all those other jams to come in the tour . this tour was a special tour and the band played on !!!
i fore one think this show is pretty darn special . now the quality isn't superb but very enjoyable.
Subject: One of My last shows
Very Sad. Yes, they picked someone way too fast after Brent died. They should have taken a year off but they had to feed the machine they created. Vince man. Not good. These were that last shows that I went too. After seeing what the Dead had become I just couldnt go anymore. The parking lot was a disaster. All the KIDS there to get as wasted as they could. It just turned ugly. Very Very sad. They shows from this point on were not 4 or 5 star shows at all. Be real people. Ive seen well over 150 shows since early 87. After Brent died, the whole dynamic changed. Went to see JGB to get my fix. They were Hot Shows. I have tried to listen to many shows after 90 and I cant get through any of them. But I have great memories of touring from 87 to 89. What a run of outstanding show. Miss them more than words can say.
Subject: OOOOH! BOOH!
THE SPOOKIEST SHOW I'VE BEEN TO. BRENT JUST DIED, VINCE'S FOURTH SHOW. I THOUGHT THE WHOLE THING WAS COMING TO AN END AT ONE POINT. REALLY TRIPPY. GOOD TRANSITION INTO THE NEXT INCARNATION.
Why does everyone insist on giving EVERY SHOW a A 4 OR 5?Sure i would rather go to a shitty dead show than the best U2 show but lets start rating these shows on a scale.This show was Crap.The Philly spectrum(filthy rectum)is crap too
sid weiss -
Subject: sound quality is just ok
again ijnstarmentally great sound ..but on vocals ..the sound quality is weak
Jeffrey Flaws / UMR -
Subject: Welcome, Vince
Being invited to play keyboards for The Grateful Dead must be similar to being asked to play drums for Spinal Tap. (Bobby's comment about "... not just any accordion player ..." notwithstanding.)
This was Vince's fourth show out on the road, and he was hanging on very nicely.
There was an electricity in the parking lot that afternoon ... everybody had a feeling that this was going to be a Spectrum show to remember.
Double opener was a good hint. Load for bear. Mechanically competent first set, a good warm up. The Bucket into intermission was another big clue.
The middle night of three seemed a safe place to try and put a perspective on things. At some point, we all knew "He's Gone" would have to happen. This was like being at church. I'm sure it's my own attitude talking, but The Spectrum seemed a most appropriate place. We all know the words. Vince picked up on this ... he found a powerful place, some deep blues ... and as they jammed towards drums and space, some very primal energry swarmed about the stage and swirled around the arena. Candace was on her game ... some of the best light work I recall.
It was a sort of "transformation" ... out of that jam session, a new sort of sound emerged, almost like a giant moth from a cocoon ... Vince Welnick had certainly made himself heard, and defined a place on stage with the rest of the band.
(See 7/04/89 lest you think I'm not a Brent-head.)
Bottom line ... this is a very important moment in the transition of The Grateful Dead from the 1980's into the 1990's.
Subject: EERRIE NIGHT
I remember being at this show, 6th row on Jerry's side and it was the first time that I was up close to this "new" setup of the GD. The second set was awesome that night...especially the He's Gone >> Spoonful >> Jam >> Drums. The sound quality of this Healy Mix is probably better than what the Spectrum had to offer, but the China Cat >> Rider are not soundboard and are clearly from the audience..too bad. Well worth a listen.
I remember this show very well.It was the the first He's Gone/Spoonful I heard after the passing of Brent. It was very passionate. I remember also a tear in my eye as I stood there listening to both, when normally I'd be dancing like a crazon. We still miss you Brent, must be a hell of a gig in the sky.